FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, this weekend is marked as the beginning once again of ORDINARY TIME. With the Baptism of the Lord celebrated last weekend marking the end of the Christmas Season, we enter into a “calm” time in the church. However, I hope that the celebrations in our church will carry us through the New Year. How can the love of our good God ever be considered “ordinary”? May the love of our God carry us through each and every day of our lives. Nothing is ever “ordinary” when it comes to our Blessed Lord.
I know that I have been remiss in getting the call out for NEW LECTORS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS. Hopefully as you all have seen, things here have been very hectic and a bit busy over the last few months. Hopefully now things can get into a normal routine, whatever that means. Therefore, I would like to schedule now a meeting for those wanting to be lectors on Tuesday evening, January 20 at 6:30 PM and for those wanting to be Eucharistic Ministers at 7:15 PM. The requirements are simple – one who is in good standing with the church and wanting to give of themselves for the glory of God, and not themselves. This will not be a meeting for all ministers and lectors, but just for those who want to be new ministers in the church.
Once again, I will be having a LENTEN SCRIPTURE CLASS exploring the Book of Job and the problem of suffering. As we know, Job has always been known as a long suffering servant of God. By looking at the book, maybe we can come to a little understanding of the suffering Job experienced with an eye on our sharing in the problem of suffering. The class will begin on February 2 and last 6-7 weeks, depending on the schedule of the Northern Deanery Lenten Penance Services. The time will be from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.
We are still counting the CHRISTMAS COLLECTION as of this typing. The totals will be published soon; however, it looks pretty good as of this date. In advance, I want to thank all those who contributed to the collection and to all those who heeded my plea for a little increased giving throughout the Sunday collections. I have noticed a bump in the totals and please know that I am grateful for your willingness to sacrifice a little more for OLV. May God bless you all.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are five elderly ladies -- two in the front seat and three in the back - eyes wide and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don't understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?" "Ma'am," the officer replies, "You weren't speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers." "Slower than the speed limit?" she asked. No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly... Twenty-Two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly. The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle explains to her that "22" was the route number, not the speed limit. A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error. "But before I let you go, Ma'am, I have to ask... Is everyone in this car ok? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven't muttered a single peep this whole time," the officer asks. "Oh, they'll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 119."